Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the more common mental illnesses in – over 6 million children in the US are diagnosed with the disorder. Although raising teens with ADHD can be challenging for parents, fortunately, there are several tips to making the journey easier.
Recognizing the Signs
Teens with ADHD often exhibit several characteristic symptoms including, as the name would suggest, hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity. Teens with ADHD may have trouble focusing or forming memories; not following directions or fidgeting can also be present in teens with ADHD. Teens with HD can forget to complete assignments or interrupt others – which can, in turn, lead to bad grades and problems forming relationships.
As a parent, the most important thing to remember is that it’s not your child’s fault. ADHD is not merely “acting out” – it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed accordingly. Teens with ADHD are more likely to partake in dangerous or reckless behaviors – such as substance abuse or driving while impaired. Therefore, the sooner you recognize the problem, the easier it will be to manage down the line.
Helping Your Child
Staying positive is key to making life easier for both yourself and your child. While it may be tempting to lose your temper, by keeping calm you will avoid triggering a situation. It may also help to set rules and boundaries – the more stability and routine can be introduced into your child’s life, the less dangerous variables will be able to enter the mix. Paying attention to the here and now can help your child stay grounded in the moment; communicating openly and honestly will encourage your child to speak up about whatever may be troubling them.
Raising teens with ADHD is not always an easy task. If their symptoms become difficult to manage, it may be time to consider professional help.